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Campaigns Must Prepare for Deepfakes: This Is What Their Plan Should Look Like

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
September 5, 2019
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Other Writing

It is only a matter of time before maliciously manipulated or fabricated content surfaces of a major presidential candidate in 2020. The video manipulation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in May demonstrates the speed with which even a “cheap fake” can spread. Read more about Campaigns Must Prepare for Deepfakes: This Is What Their Plan Should Look Like

Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection

Author(s): 
Arvind Narayanan
Jonathan Mayer
Publication Date: 
August 23, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Blocking cookies is bad for privacy. That’s the new disingenuous argument from Google, trying to justify why Chrome is so far behind Safari and Firefox in offering privacy protections. As researchers who have spent over a decade studying web tracking and online advertising, we want to set the record straight.

Our high-level points are:

1) Cookie blocking does not undermine web privacy. Google’s claim to the contrary is privacy gaslighting. Read more about Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection

The FTC Can Rise to the Privacy Challenge, but Not Without Help From Congress

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
August 9, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Editor's note: This piece originally appeared on TechTank.

Facebook’s recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reignited debate over whether the agency is up to the task of protecting privacy. Many people, including some skeptics of the FTC’s ability to rein in Silicon Valley, lauded the settlement, or at least parts of it. Read more about The FTC Can Rise to the Privacy Challenge, but Not Without Help From Congress

Silicon Valley paints itself as a hotbed of free enterprise. Here’s how the government helped build it.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 17, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Margaret O’Mara is a professor of history at the University of Washington. Her new book, “The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America,” was just published by Penguin Press. I interviewed her about it. Read more about Silicon Valley paints itself as a hotbed of free enterprise. Here’s how the government helped build it.

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